Nick Meglin: A Mad Perspective


As the “funny kid from Brooklyn,” Nick Meglin assumed humor and art would always be part of his life. Although he intended to become a book illustrator, Meglin found himself instead in the offices of Mad Magazine, where he was … Continued

Phoebe Zerwick: Telling Stories, Doing Good


The summer before she entered graduate school at Columbia University, Phoebe Zerwick wrote police briefs in Westchester County, New York. Westchester is just 30 minutes north of Zerwick’s hometown, New York City — but writing articles was a foreign experience. … Continued

Edith Batson: Folksy, Not Fancy


Telling stories. Reporting. Explaining ideas. That is what Edith Batson, 87, of Burgaw, North Carolina, does for readers of the Pender-Topsail Post & Voice in her weekly column, “Newsings & Musings.” Born in 1928, Batson has accumulated some 40 years … Continued

Richard Griffiths: Opportunity Keeps Knocking


For Richard T. Griffiths, vice president and senior editorial director of CNN, success is built on high standards, long hours and forward thinking. Being in the right place at the right time helps, too. Griffiths and his family emigrated from … Continued

Charlie Tuggle: Broadcast Guru


Charlie Tuggle brings to his position as director of the electronic communication sequence at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication an extensive career as a broadcast journalist and producer. Among other achievements, “Dr. T,” as his students affectionately … Continued

Stephanie Willen Brown: Ask Her Anything


If you have a question, Stephanie Willen Brown probably has an answer. If she doesn’t, she will help you find one. As the director of the Park Library in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Brown fields questions … Continued

Val Lauder: On Women, WWII, and Journalism


Brushes with greatness? Valarie “Val” Lauder, 89, has had plenty. As a young woman in the World War II era working at the Chicago Daily News, she organized a successful press conference with the President of the United States and … Continued

John Robinson: Letter to the Editor


As editor of the Greensboro News & Record for 27 years, John Robinson has experienced the apex and decline of the newspaper industry. Born in Virginia and raised in Oklahoma, Robinson moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, at age 16. Robinson … Continued

Frank E. Fee Jr.: From the Newsroom to the Classroom


As a reporter and editor, Frank Fee Jr. witnessed history. As a war correspondent in Vietnam, he lived history. As a professor and scholar, he brought history to life for others. “A journalist doesn’t really do the same thing twice,” … Continued

Linda Brinson: Newspapers Then and Now


For Linda Brinson, who calls herself “more a writer than a talker,” writing has always been in the cards. “I always liked to write, for fun,” Brinson says, describing the poetry and romance stories she wrote growing up. However, she … Continued